Jill Scott, the Grammy Award-winning singer and actor, has signed on to play Lady Eve in the upcoming CW series Black Lightning. According to EW.com, she will play the bridge between a secret group of corrupt leaders and Tobias Whale (Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III), the leader of the 100 gang.
In the comics, Lady Eve is a member of the Kobra Cult and worked with Kobra to mind control top U.S. Officials. She was created by Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis, first appearing in Batman and the Outsiders #24 (August 1985). Black Lightning was part of the Outsiders.
The new series, developed by Salim and Mara Brock Akil with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter, will debut next year. It will star Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal and retired superhero with electricity powers who suits up when his daughters and his community are threatened by Whale and his 100 Gang.
"Jill is an amazing artist who can embody any character and give them an authentic voice that is both nuanced and richly complex," said showrunner and executive producer Salim Akil in a statement. "I am excited to see her in the role of Lady Eve."
Scott has been acting for years, including the critically acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and roles on Fringe, Second Sight and Being Mary Jane. She also voiced the character of Storm on BET's animated Black Panther series in 2010. She's also been in films Why Did I Get Married and Steel Magnolias.
Black Lightning will debut in 2018 on The CW.